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Burma cracking down on drug trade: Colonel

A Burmese soldier stands guard in Kyaing Tong, Shan State, part of the so-called 'golden triangle' region of Southeast Asia.

Burmese authorities say they're succeeding in their crackdown against drug traffickers and plan to work more closely with the international community to address the problem.

The head of the country's Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control, Police Colonel Myint Thein, made the comments in an interview with China Central Television.
The colonel says Burmese authorities have captured more than 1,900 drug dealers and seized 24 grams of heron and 12 million stimulant pills so far this year.
He says police efforts have been helped by the Burmese government signing peace agreements with local rebel forces.
Last month, Burma's government and ethnic rebels signed a deal to wipe out drug production in Shan state, a rugged and lawless region bordering China, Thailand and Laos.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says the state is major hub for drug production and that Burma is a "major source of methamphetamine pills and opiates in Southeast Asia".
As part of the deal, the rebels have pledged to work with neighbouring countries to control the cross-border movement of chemicals.
They've also called for funds to be made available to poppy farmers who abandon their opium crops.

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